Opportunity Details

Invasive Riparian Plant Mapping Volunteer - 2019

Sponsoring Program: Aquatic Invasive Species Team

Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking to help keep Texas Rivers healthy and flowing, or a student or science professional looking to gain or expand your biological field experience? This unpaid volunteer opportunity with the TPWD River Access and Conservation Program may be for you!

We need volunteers for Summer/Fall 2019 to assist TPWD biologists with surveying for Arundo and other invasive riparian plants in Gillespie, Blanco, and Hays counties.

Previous experience is not required, but will be considered during the selection process.

Orientation is required for this volunteer opportunity.

To be eligible, applicants should be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and must possess a valid State driver's license.

Website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/aquatic-invasives/healthy-creeks.phtml

Region: Hill Country

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Gillespie, Blanco, and Hays counties; mostly on private properties

Minimum Age: 18

Aquatic Invasive Species Team

Kristen Eggers

(512) 389-8287

The TPWD Invasive Riparian Plant Mapping Volunteer opportunity consists of a season-long (July thru October) commitment. Selected volunteers work on weekdays in teams led by a TPWD biologist and should be comfortable working in hot, outdoor environments, be familiar with operating mobile electronic devices (phones, tablets), be open to travelling in the Hill Country, and commit to attending a minimum of 2 work days during the season.

Requirements and other considerations:

Training: Orientation for the 2019 season will be held in July. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to working on projects. Additional training will be provided at project sites as needed.

Equipment: Volunteers will be expected to conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures. May be asked to drive a state vehicle.

Travel: Transportation from TPWD Headquarters to the project site is provided or volunteers may meet at designated sites along the route.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to stand, bend, squat, and walk on uneven terrain; ability to lift, push, and pull up to 50 pounds and traverse rough terrain.

Preferred Experience: Prior research field training or coursework in natural or environmental science. Previous experience is not required, but will be considered during the selection process.

Preferred Certifications: Current basic CPR/First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certification.